The University of Newcastle, Australia
Location

Newcastle City

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
  • Winter - 15 Jun 2020
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

Location

Newcastle City

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
  • Winter - 15 Jun 2020
Fees

AUD30,270 (indicative annual fee, 2019)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees

Duration

1 year full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.5

Find out more about IELTS.

UON program code: 12333
CRICOS code: 079533G

Program handbook

Description

The Master of Laws is a professionally-focused program that will expose students to new perspectives and deep analyses, ensuring high quality teaching and learning experiences. Graduates of the program will be equipped with advanced knowledge and skills, positioning them to engage in further education, research, and professional development in Australia and across the world. The program offers students the opportunity to complete one of five specialisations including Environmental Law, Employment and Labour Relations Law, Dispute Resolution, International Law and Law in Practice. The specialisation of Law in Practice is only available to students who completed their Law degree outside of Australia.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the law, and the ability to undertake substantial research-based projects.
  • Cognitive skills such as critical judgement and critical thinking in the learning and application of law to policy, practice and academic pursuits
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills to recognise, define, analyse, and solve complex legal problems, and to generate and evaluate complex ideas at an abstract level
  • Advanced written and oral communication skills to communicate objective or persuasive conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Skills to understand and contribute to changes in professional practice or scholarship, and demonstrate an ability to apply their knowledge and skills to new situations
  • Decision-making skills that incorporate ethical, social and global issues
  • Demonstrated high level of personal autonomy and accountability

Details

Information correct as at19 Oct 2019 3:20 AM
Program code12333
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 1 year full-time.
Term typeSemesters
Fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Business and Law
Contributing schools
  1. Newcastle Law School
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code079533G

Click on the headings to show/hide sections of content. Hidden information will not be printed. Hide all sections

Admission information

Admission requirements

Entry into the Master of Law Program will be available to applications who have completed one of the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree;
  • Graduate Certificate in Law or Legal Practice following the completion of a 3 year Bachelor of Laws degree;
  • Graduate Diploma in Law or Legal Practice following the completion of a 3 year Bachelor of Laws degree;
  • Combined Law degree with a duration of 5 years where 3 years of study was undertaken primarily in law;
  • Bachelor of Laws degree with a duration of 4 years where 3 years of study was undertaken primarily in law;
  • Bachelor of Laws graduate entry with a duration of 3 years undertaken primarily in law;
  • Bachelor of Laws with a duration 3 years undertaken primarily in law and have completed a minimum of two years relevant work experience in a legal environment. Applications will be assessed by the Program Convenor through the consideration of a statement outlining the relevant work experience. Transcripts and detailed CVs must be provided to the University;
  • An equivalent Bachelor degree or Bachelor (Honours) degree with a minimum 3 years of study undertaken primarily in Law. Applications will be assessed by the Program Convenor to determine eligibility; or
  • Completed study to the satisfaction of an “admission of Law Body” (similar to LPAB*) that has qualified the student for admission to practice law in a common law jurisdiction.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.


Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

80 units

Program duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

Students are required to complete 80 units (8 courses) of coursework in one of the following ways:

  • choose 80 units from the directed course list OR
  • complete a specialisation of 40 units from those listed below plus an additional 40 units from either the specialisation or from other directed courses.

Specialisations in the program are:

  • Environmental Law
  • Employment and Labour Relations Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • International Law
  • Law in Practice. This specialisation is only available to students who completed their Law degree outside of Australia.

Students who have obtained their undergraduate law degree outside Australia must choose LAWS6047 Legal System of Australia as one of their directed courses. Students who have completed their overseas degree in a sufficiently comparable common law system or have completed a substantial number of common law courses as part of their overseas degree may apply for a waiver of this requirement, which will be decided on a case-by-case basis by the Program Convenor.


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

Courses that are currently unavailable are hidden by default. You can show them by adjusting the advanced course filters above, or clicking the 'show all' links below each section.

Directed Courses

Students must complete 80 units of courses from the directed course list

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
LAWS6013Public International Law
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6016Taxation LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6019International Human Rights Law
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6020Environmental Law
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6024Employment Law
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
LAWS6025Environmental/Natural Resources Law ClinicNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6029Social Justice/Public Interest Clinic
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6032Advocacy Skills
  • Winter - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6035Competition Law and PolicyNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6037International Environment Law and Policy
  • Summer 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6038Law and Economics of Climate Change
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
LAWS6040International Private LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6041Sentencing: Global Theory, Law and PracticeNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6042International Child and Family LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6043Advanced Legal Research Project
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6046International Air and Space LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6047Legal System of Australia
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6050Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Summer 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6081Advanced Taxation LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6085International Trade Law
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6086Intellectual Property Law
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6087Internet Law
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
LAWS6089Mining LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6090Health Law
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6091Special Interest Topic
  • Summer 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6092International Clinical Legal Externship
  • Summer 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6093International Study ExperienceNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6098Equal Opportunity Law
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6103International Arbitration
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
LAWS6104Human Rights and Climate Change-Induced Human DisplacementNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6105Expert EvidenceNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6106Advanced Communication Skills
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6107Mediation Skills and Theory
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6108Corporate Power and Corporate Accountability: Pathways to Socially Responsible Business
  • Summer 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6109ConciliationNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6110Australian Consumer LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6111Dispute Resolution
  • Summer 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Winter - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6112Food and Wine Law
  • Winter - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6113Law for Startups
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6114Negotiation in a Legal Context
  • Winter - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
10 units
LAWS6115Criminal Trial Courts - Theory and PracticeNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6116Legal Innovation and Design
  • Winter - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6117Law and Society in AsiaNot currently offered10 units

Environmental Law

Directed Courses

Students must complete 40 units from the courses listed below plus an additional 40 units from these courses or from the other directed courses.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
LAWS6020Environmental Law
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6025Environmental/Natural Resources Law ClinicNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6037International Environment Law and Policy
  • Summer 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6038Law and Economics of Climate Change
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
LAWS6046International Air and Space LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6089Mining LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6104Human Rights and Climate Change-Induced Human DisplacementNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6108Corporate Power and Corporate Accountability: Pathways to Socially Responsible Business
  • Summer 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6112Food and Wine Law
  • Winter - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6113Law for Startups
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units

Employment and Labour Relations Law

Directed Courses

Students must complete 40 units from the courses listed below plus an additional 40 units from these courses or from the other directed courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
LAWS6024Employment Law
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
LAWS6033Corporations, Globalisation and Human RightsNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6098Equal Opportunity Law
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6105Expert EvidenceNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6106Advanced Communication Skills
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6107Mediation Skills and Theory
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6109ConciliationNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6111Dispute Resolution
  • Summer 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Winter - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6114Negotiation in a Legal Context
  • Winter - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
10 units

Dispute Resolution

Directed Courses

Students must complete 40 units from the courses listed below plus an additional 30 units from these courses and 10 units from the other directed courses or 40 units from the other directed courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
LAWS6050Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Summer 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6103International Arbitration
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
LAWS6106Advanced Communication Skills
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6107Mediation Skills and Theory
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6109ConciliationNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6111Dispute Resolution
  • Summer 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Winter - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6114Negotiation in a Legal Context
  • Winter - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
10 units

International Law

Directed Courses

Students must complete 40 units from the courses listed below plus an additional 40 units from these courses or from the other directed courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
LAWS6013Public International Law
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6019International Human Rights Law
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6037International Environment Law and Policy
  • Summer 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6038Law and Economics of Climate Change
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
LAWS6040International Private LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6042International Child and Family LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6046International Air and Space LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6085International Trade Law
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6092International Clinical Legal Externship
  • Summer 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6093International Study ExperienceNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6103International Arbitration
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
LAWS6104Human Rights and Climate Change-Induced Human DisplacementNot currently offered10 units

Law in Practice

This specialisation is only available to students who completed their Law degree outside Australia.

Directed Courses

Students must complete 40 units from the courses listed below plus an additional 40 units from these courses or from the other directed courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
LAWS6005Property
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6006Constitutional Law
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6007Administrative Law
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6008Civil Dispute Resolution
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6009Evidence
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6010Company Law
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6011Professional Conduct
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6012Equity and Trusts
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6025Environmental/Natural Resources Law ClinicNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6029Social Justice/Public Interest Clinic
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6120Torts I
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6121Torts II
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6130Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6140Contracts I
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6141Contracts II
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units

Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.


International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.